The poly-pad is available in six sizes:
EXTRA-LARGE (3.7 x 7 in., 9.4 x 17.8 cm)
for players who feel they need a very high shoulder rest
(If considering this size, please read this advice first);
you may actually need a higher chin rest!
LARGE (3.2 x 7 in., 8.1 x 17.8 cm),
preferred by most adult players of full-size instruments;
MEDIUM (2.7 x 6.5 in., 6.9 x 16.5 cm),
for most players of 3/4 size violins and small violas;
SMALL (2.3 x 6 in., 5.8 x 15.2 cm),
used mostly by children playing 1/4 and 1/2 size violins;
EXTRA-SMALL (2 x 5 in., 5 x 12.7 cm),
for 1/8 and smaller size violins;
and the tiny LILY-PAD [XXS])
for 1/16 and cherub size violins.
NOTE: The first number is the maximum height, where the poly-pad rests on
the upper chest; the second number is the length from large to small end.
The size shoulder rest needed may depend more on
the size of the player than the size of the instrument.
Please see notice below about the fantástico discount
for first-time customers unsure which size(s) they need.
FOR MORE MEASUREMENT DETAILS see
this chart (inches) or
this chart (metric).
The poly-pad is available in three colors:
• the traditional CHARCOAL GREY (all sizes)
• a slightly firmer COOL BLUE (all sizes)
• HOT PINK (in M and smaller sizes only)
(Note: The GREY and PINK poly-pads are the SAME firmness.)
PLEASE SPECIFY COLOR(S) WHEN ORDERING.
PURCHASE YOUR POLY-PAD(S) TODAY!
TO ORDER, simply e-mail email@example.com,
providing name, address, contact information, and size(s) and color(s) desired.
NOTE: If you do not receive a reply from me within 24 hours, or if you receive
a message that your email to me could not be delivered, you may try emailing
You may pay 1) via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org or 2) by check (U.S. customers).
You may also be able to purchase poly-pads from a string instrument dealer near you.
(If they're not on this list, let them know they could be!)
NEW PRICES (as of March 10, 2021)
$9.50 per pad ($5.00 per lily-pad) plus shipping*
If ordering 5 or more poly-pads, the price is reduced to
$9.00 per pad ($4.50 per lily-pad)
Read THIS for information regarding this price increase.
Price includes poly-pad, rubber-band net for securing pad to instrument,
and clearly illustrated instructions.
*Shipping: You will be notified by email of the actual shipping cost.
It is no longer possible to use a formula based on the number of items ordered.
If you are a FIRST-TIME retail customer not sure which size(s) you need,
you may qualify for the fantástico! discount offer:*
buy two poly-pads of two different sizes or colors
and get one of these at half priceplus shipping, or
buy three (or more) poly-pads of three different sizes or colors
and get two of these at half priceplus shipping.
*To take advantage of this offer, you MUST mention the word fantástico!
This offer can be used ONLY ONCE, for your FIRST EVER order of poly-pads.
NOTE: You may order as many pads as you wish, but the half-price offer applies to
a maximum of only two pads of different sizes or colors, each of which must be a
different size or color than a pad for which you are paying full price.
If you order five or more pads, the full price is reduced (see above), and the
fantastico price of a maximum of two pads will be half the reduced price.
Remember to include shipping (see above), and sales tax if you live in Iowa.
Here are photos showing ways to attach the rubber-band net to instruments of different sizes.
Here is a photo with instructions for how to tie a replacement rubber-band net for your poly-pad.
You can also download this video showing how to tie a rubber-band net yourself.
And here is advice for securing a poly-pad that slips.
Do you have a shaped case with no room for a shoulder rest?
Poly-pads that are repeatedly "squished" into a case will lose their shape.
You may want to buy a 7 1/2" x 10" drawstring bag that can be attached
to the case handle to hold your poly-pad. I NO LONGER SELL THESE,
but you can purchase them online directly from Oriental Trading:
Poly-pads are also sold by dealers throughout the United States as well as in
Australia, Canada, Iceland, Ireland, Mexico, the Netherlands, and South Africa.
For more information, contact Michael Kimber.
If you are a string instrument dealer interested in joining the ever-growing
number of poly-pad retailers please contact Michael Kimber.
Some ideas worth considering:
Read Practicing Comfort
for some thoughts on the importance of comfort when playing.
Read Some Thoughts on Shoulder Rests
for more thoughts about shoulder rests and instrument hold.
Highly recommended: www.chinrests.com, a web site that deals exclusively
with the proper fitting, positioning, and comfort of violin and viola chinrests!
Visit the artist in balance website
to learn about a research project involving violin and viola students at the
Utrecht Conservatory in the Netherlands that emphasizes the importance of
• selecting appropriate chin rests and shoulder rests and
• retraining cramped playing habits.
Please take a moment to have a look at Michael Kimbers MUSIC.
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Updated November 9, 2023.